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is a permanent public artwork and book, for the
Bluecoat and Liverpool 08: European Capital of Culture.
Six colourful colonies of nest-boxes colour specified from postage
stamps of birds nestle in the trees around the gallery. These feature
in the opening exhibition now then in the new galleries, until May
4. All thirty four nest-boxes are available as free downloadable card
Alec is currently in residence at Kielder,
where he is creating a series of permanent artist projects for the
designed by Charles Barclay, which opens on April 25, 2008. These
will include a 100 year star-diary,
in collaboration with Professor ray Sharples and Denis Moskowitz (RRP
£15.00), and a windmill
turbine poem. A set of posters
with star events and astronomical symbols are currently on display
in the North of England (Glasgow, Carlisle, York, Newcastle). These
are available as a limited edition of 5 A2 digital prints. An enamel
badge produced for Kielder Astronomical Observatory Society is also
now available, priced £7.50. The project is discussed in more
detail in an interview
between Alec and Tom Shakespeare.
For his residency at NaREC
(New and Renewable Energy Centre, Blyth) Alec is developing a number
of projects that focus on kinetic poetry and colour designs for turbines
(in collaboration with Alexander Maris and Jack Lowe). Two animations,
/w/m/ and sky-poems
are now viewable; also a year long colour specification project composed
from digital photographs of the sky, sky-wheel.
This wheel refers to the day, week, month, season and year, with the
final amalgamated year colour being completed on midsummer’s
day 2008. The colour designs include schemes derived from camouflage.
Other projects include photographs
by Alexander Maris and a binaural field
recording of a turbine by Susan Maris.
Essence Press recently published a collection of Alec’s short
poems, a slower shower